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Loving God

Loving God

Today's Message

{ Day 119 }

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. —Psalm 103:2-5, KJV

If we are to experience true, lasting wholeness and healing in the places of our wounding, we must encounter the Healer Himself and be encouraged to build a relationship of intimacy with Him. How are the inner wounds of the heart healed? We must give everything back to God, including all bitterness, self-pity, and desire for revenge. Our grief, anger, shame, and pride—even our hopes, ambitions, and dreams—must be laid on God's altar, along with our personal rights and the desire to run our own lives. Jesus must become the focus of our hearts—not our tragedies, our past, or all that might have been. Only Jesus can transform self-pity into victory or tears into triumph.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, show me the inner healing that I still need. Reveal to me my wounds so that I may lay them on the altar and allow Jesus to transform my self-pity into victory and triumph.

A focus on intimacy with Jesus is essential in
healing the inner wounds of the heart.

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Daily Breakthroughs

Daily Breakthroughs

Today's Message

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me-.-.-.-out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. —John 7:37-38

So many Christians are looking for the power of God, but you have a reservoir of power that has been poured into you, "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body-.-.-.-and have been all made to drink into one Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:13).

To start that power flowing, you must first prime the pump of your soul. You have the Holy Spirit within you, but His power must be primed through prayer, worship, and praise.

Once you release the power of God, it gushes like a river. "And thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not" (Isaiah 58:11).

Begin each day by priming your pump of Holy Ghost power, and the fruit of your spirit will flourish like that of a well-watered garden. Be a tree planted by living waters. Meditate on His Word day and night. Fill today with acts of kindness prompted by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus, I desire to live this day in your power and grace.
I long to hear Your voice, see Your face,
and be an instrument of Your grace. Amen.

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By Love Transformed

By Love Transformed

Today's Message

Grieving the Spirit

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. —Ephesians 4:30

In over fifty years of studying the Bible, one truth has alarmed me more than any other. You might think it has to do with standing before God at the final judgment. But, surprising as it may seem, it isn't that. The truth that alarms me most is the possibility of grieving or quenching the Holy Spirit without knowing it—the painless way in which the anointing can be lifted from me. When this occurs, because I know nothing whatever at first, I carry on as though nothing has happened.

It is possible for one who has experienced the precious anointing of the Holy Spirit to swiftly, painlessly, lose that anointing. I can displease the Lord and feel nothing. It is very possible that I could spend years doing what I presumed was God's will—preaching, teaching, witnessing, and being involved in church work—when God was hardly present in my efforts at all. I may even have the applause and respect of people the whole time, and they not have a clue I have moved ahead of Jesus.

It is a great mystery of the anointing of which one may be unaware—even though it is working most powerfully. On the other hand, one also may not be conscious that it has been lifted! When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, "he was not aware that his face was radiant" (Exod. 34:29). Yet Samson, who could tear a lion apart with his bare hands, was as weak as a kitten when the anointing left him—but he was unconscious of this until he tried to do what had seemed so natural the day before. (See Judges 14:6; 16:20-22.) The supernatural often seems natural to the anointed man or woman.

When the Holy Spirit is grieved, the anointing lifts. We usually feel nothing at the time. It isn't until some time later that we notice we have carried on out of habit or through the momentum of a natural gift.

Excerpted from The Sensitivity of the Spirit (Charisma House, 2002).

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Around the Word in 365 Days

Around the Word in 365 Days

Today's Message

Snared by the Fear of Man

Proverbs 29:24-25 When I first married, I was so bound by the fear of what others thought of me. I wondered if my mother thought I was a good mother. Did my husband think I was a good wife? Did my neighbors think I was a good neighbor? I remember my next door neighbor coming to my home and telling me how she cleaned her oven and range every day. From that day forward I made sure my oven and range were spotless just in case "Mrs. Clean" dropped by uninvited. Before I was delivered from the fear of man, I never really listened to what people were saying. I was too busy thinking about what I would say to them when they finished talking.

One day I was listening to a teaching tape on my back patio. The subject was "The Fear of Man." As I listened and discovered how the fear of man is a snare, I asked God to deliver me from that fear. That day I was delivered, and now I can honestly say I fear God more than I fear man. I desire to please God first in all of my ways and honor Him instead of trying to please man.

Since that significant prayer of deliverance from the fear of man, I have been free to esteem others higher than myself, to think of others rather than myself, and I don't seek to impress people. Instead, I now want to make a spiritual impact for God upon people. I seek now to put His best foot forward instead of my own. What a blessing to be free from the tension and pressure of trying to please others. Now I just want to please God.

Has the fear of man been a snare in your life? If it has, maybe you would like to get set free of that wicked snare today. If you do, you can pray with me the following:

Father, set me free from the fear of man, and fill me with the fear of You only. In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind the spirit of fear of man in my life and command it to leave me this moment and never return. I refuse to ever receive the fear of man again. I will no longer be concerned with what people will think of me. Instead I will only be concerned with what You think about me. Thank You, Lord, for delivering me from the snare of the fear of man.

READ: Obadiah 1:1-21; Revelation 4:1-11; Psalm 132:1-18; Proverbs 29:24-25

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Live Extraordinary

Live Extraordinary

Today's Message

Divine Empowerment

God didn’t just rescue us; He empowered us so that we can live successfully here in this world. He didn’t want children who would have the title of righteousness but not have the ability to overcome the sins and weaknesses that ensnared them in the first place. No, He designed salvation to be complete—triumphant living in this world as well as in the one to come.

"Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God's will in thought, purpose, and action)"

(2 Timothy 3:16, AMP).

God took great care in getting His Word to us, so why do we take it so lightly and not put more emphasis on it? Why do we try to make His infallible Word fit into or confirm our lifestyle or social culture instead of allowing it to shape our lives? It's incorruptible, eternal and can never be altered or changed. It is the rock where we're to stand firm and to base our lives on.


The living Word not only instructs but also empowers us to live above our own human potential—extraordinarily. We've been born again; we're brand-new people; we're sons and daughters of God!

It's so amazing when you think of it. The stars that sailors have set their course by for generations, the sun that has given light and warmth to our atmosphere for thousands and thousands of years, and the constellations that have been shining for longer than humans can remember can all fade out and die before the Word of God can fail. The Word of God is so mighty that it holds all created things together!

Marked by boldness and passion, John Bevere delivers uncompromising truth through his award-winning curriculum and best-selling books now available in over sixty languages. His newest book is Extraordinary: The Life You're Meant to Live. More information is available at www.ExtraordinaryOnline.org.

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